Anyone who regularly watches nature programs on TV has seen amazing images of Yellowstone in winter. When we arrived this particular winter, it was unusually mild with temperatures near 30F in early February. I had hoped to find snow and frost coated trees in the thermal areas, but there were very few due to the unseasonal warmth. Fortunately, a great variety of other photo opportunities were also available. I had previously photographed the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but not with snow. I don't normally photograph subjects in open shade, but in this situation it worked. In this scene direct sunlight is striking the canyon wall behind me and reflecting light on to my subject in open shade. This lighting technique works well in many canyon situations.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
Toyo 45 AII camera with Nikon T 360/8 on Fuji Velvia 50 film - 1 sec at f/45